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  • Jr. Marine Videography (Grades K-4)

    Wednesdays 4:00-5:30        January 6, 13, 21, 27; February 3, 10, 17 & 24

    Enrollment: minimum 6 students

    Cost: $160

    Use the NESS aquariums to film and photograph animals, algae, and animal behaviors.  Work in teams to make a creative and fun short film dedicated to ocean awareness and appreciation.  Learn some basics of filming, photography, and video editing.  Use Go Pros, iPads, underwater cameras, and share the videos with other NESS students.     

     
  • Biomimicry & Engineering (Ages 9-13)

    Fridays 12:00-2:30 pm          January 8, 15, 22 & 29

    Enrollment: minimum 6 students

    Cost: $130

    Throughout the history of life on earth, nature has gone through a process of trial and error to refine living organisms, processes, and materials on planet Earth.  What can you learn from Nature?   Examine designs found in our natural world and make comparisons, evaluations, and connections to many things in our everyday lives that have been inspired by nature.  Experiment with new plans and prototypes you create.

     
  • Invertebrate World (Ages 8-12)

    Wednesdays 10:00 am-12:00 pm       February 3, 10 & 17

    Enrollment: minimum 6 students

    Cost: $80

    Imagine being able to taste with your fingertips, change color instantly, or fit your entire body into a tiny soda bottle? Come and discover the amazing and zany worlds of animals without backbones - sponges, jellyfish, snails, crabs, sea stars, tunicates, and many other invertebrate relatives.  Learn about different phyla, simulate animal adaptations, perform a dissection, and investigate animal behavior through live specimen observations.

     
  • Fantastic Nature Design (Grades K-4)

    Tuesdays 4:00-5:30        March 1, 8, 15 & 22

    Enrollment: minimum 6 students

    Cost: $80

    What does the shape of a fish have in common with a sports car, the honey combs of a bee with a chair, and a butterfly with clothing?  The answer is these living organisms are influencing the way people are designing new and more efficient technologies.  Make your own investigations by looking at a variety of natural objects, using microscopes, designing your own new product, and promoting your prototype to NESS Judges.     

     
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  • Monday, January 18th (Grades 5-8)

    Nano Engineering (AM Session, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)   Cost: $40   Minimum 6 students

    Crazy Classification (PM Session, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)  Cost: $40   Minimum 6 students

    Nano Engineering Investigate the world of nanotechnology by taking on two challenges.  Work in teams to evaluate how surface area and nanotechnology affect some products we use daily in the Fizzy Nano Challenge, and then look at how engineers use nanotechnology to improve on clothing and fabrics.  

    Crazy Classifications Dinosaurs, sharks, and even horseshoe crabs roamed the Earth millions of years ago.  Many mysterious ancient creatures swam in the oceans or lumbered around on land.  Look into the past as you discover what animals lived in our area and what animals remain from our prehistoric past.

     
  • Monday, February 15 (Grades 5-8) 

    DNA: Building Blocks of Life (AM Session, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)   Cost: $40   Minimum 6 students

    Eggciting Egg Drop (PM Session, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)    Cost: $40   Minimum 6 students

    DNA: Building Blocks of Life Learn how DNA makes organisms what they are!  Build a model of DNA, extract DNA from bananas and look at it under a microscope, then take a survey of your own inherited traits and how common they are.

    Eggciting Egg Drop Space exploration is dangerous for even the bravest of people, and one of the most dangerous times for an astronaut is coming back to Earth.  Learn how astronauts make it safely back to Earth after exploring the “final frontier”, and create your own space shuttle that safely lands your egg “astronaut”.

     
  • Monday, February 15 (Grades K-4) 

    Ancient Creatures (AM Session, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)   Cost: $40   Minimum 6 students

    The Amazing Lives of Sea Turtles (PM Session, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)    Cost: $40   Minimum 6 students

    Ancient Creatures Dinosaurs, sharks, and even horseshoe crabs roamed the Earth millions of years ago.  Many mysterious ancient creatures swam in the oceans or lumbered around on land.  Look into the past as you discover what animals lived in our area and what animals remain from our prehistoric past.

    The Amazing Lives of Sea Turtles Sea turtles are amazing creatures with many different adaptations for life.  Learn about the differences between turtles, tortoises, and terrapins, explore the seven different species of sea turtles, discover what they eat, how the reproduce and use iPads to track turtles in the wild.

     
  • Westerly Vacation Day (Grades K-4) Thursday, March 10th

    Science of Bioluminescence (AM Session, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)   Cost: $40    Minimum 6 students

    Rainbows & Prisms (PM Session, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm) Cost: $40    Minimum 6 students

    Science of Bioluminescence  Take a peek into a dark world where animals use light to communicate and discover bioluminescence.  Investigate how angler fish, fireflies and comb jellies make light, create your own bioluminescent animals, and discover just how tricky in can be to live in a completely darkened environment.   

    Rainbows & Prisms Explore the science and myths behind prisms and rainbows.  Learn all about the science of prisms, discover the colors of the rainbow, create your own rainbow, and investigate how white light is made of such beautiful colors.  Finally hear about myths from many cultures are relating to rainbows.